- for soprano and orchestra
|Score (181k)||pages 1 - 4||© Chris Gendall|
The Charm Offensive takes as its text a testimony from J.S. Underwood, recanting evidence she gave that the African-American William Offett raped her (a white woman), for which he went to prison in 1888. (This text comes from Ida Wells-Barnett’s 1892 exposé on lynching in the New York Age.)
In addition to being loaded with post-emancipation guilt, Underwood’s choice of words highlight her sense of affection for Offett – and read a little like love poems.
- Text Note:
- Text by J.S. Underwood
- NZSO-RNZ Concert-SOUNZ Recordings (2014)
Chris Gendall’s The Charm Offensive was recorded by The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and conductor Hamish McKeich in 2014.